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KIMT NEWS 3 -Floyd County Sheriff Deputy Jeff Crooks is always ready for a high-speed chase situation.
But it can still be jarring if, and when, it happens.
Sheriff Deputy Crooks said, “Sometimes you just can’t believe they didn’t stop, in your mind you’re thinking, ‘What else is going on?”
He recalls his latest encounter with a driver who just refused to give up.
Sheriff Deputy Crooks said, “The vehicle did pull to the side of the road, but before it came to a complete stop, the vehicle took off again, so from there basically the chase was on.”
That chase went on for about 30 miles, causing serious damage along the way
Sheriff Deputy Crooks said, “This vehicle actually ran into that Deputy along the side of the road and that’s when the vehicle crossed over the median and started traveling the wrong direction in the wrong lane at over 100 miles per hour.”
In those situations, Deputies will call their boss to decide the next move.
Floyd County Sheriff, Rick Lynch said, “You have that secondary person making that call and questions are being asked that can be answered or get them to think and leave the pursuit to the guy in the pursuit, so he’s not having to worry about talking on the phone.”
Dash camera video from the Mason City Police Department shows just how dangerous a chase can be.
That’s why law enforcement must keep their top priority in mind.
Sheriff Lynch said, “The officers safety and citizens safety. If I think it needs to be cut off because I’m worried about my deputies life or getting injured, I’ll cut it off.”
So what do you do if you look back and see those flashing lights? Law enforcement says there’s really only one thing you can do.
Sheriff Deputy Crooks said, “Don’t get involved, just try to get out of our way and pull over to the side of the road.”
By doing that small part, you make a situation like that just a little less dangerous
Sheriff Deputy Crooks said, “Numerous accidents happen on the Avenue and we don’t want to be one the those. We want to go home to our families at night.”